UKCAT Overview

Test Format

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is an entrance test used by most medical and dental schools in the UK. It was introduced in 2006 and is now used by 14 dental schools and 26 medical schools in the UK.

It is a two hour computer-based multiple choice test in the following format:


UKCAT Section

Number of questions

Time allowed (including 1 minute to read instructions)

Time allowed for SEN (including 1 minute 15 seconds to read instructions)

Verbal Reasoning
Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form.


22 minutes

27.5 minutes

Decision Making
Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information.


32 minutes


Quantitative Reasoning
Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form.


25 minutes

31.25 minutes

Abstract Reasoning
Assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information.


14 minutes

17.5 minutes

Situational Judgement
Measures the capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.


27 minutes

33.75 minutes

Total Time


120 minutes

150 minutes

The UKCAT is not a knowledge-based test, there are no science questions and there are no books to read, nothing to memorise and no essays to write.

For additional detail; on the format please see our FAQ section or parents pages:


Parents page

UKCAT Consortium Requirements

The UKCAT is a compulsory entry requirement for the universities that make up the UKCAT Consortium.

Candidates are required to sit the test the summer before they apply for entry to medical or dental school in the following academic year.

UKCAT results cannot be carried over from one year to the next and the test can only be sat once in each year. 

Candidates should always check the specific entry requirements for the universities they wish to apply to very carefully. A full list of the universities along with a link to each one is available on our FAQ page:



Test Booking, Registration and Fees

Tests are administered by Pearson VUE and candidates are required to register an account with them before booking a test.

Fees vary according to the date and venue of the test and some candidates are eligible for a fee waiver, a full breakdown of current fees and bursary requirements is available on our bursaries page.

Register for an account with Pearson VUE here:

Pearson Vue

Apply for a Bursary here:

Bursary Online Application

Candidates taking the UKCAT in 2017 for entry to university in 2018 will be subject to the following deadlines and key dates:


Registration opens   

2 May 2017

Bursary scheme opens

2 May 2017

Testing begins

3 July 2017

Registration closes

19 September 2017 at 5pm

Bursary deadline

19 September 2017 at 5pm

Booking/Rescheduling closes

2 October 2017 at midday

Last testing date

3 October 2017

UCAS application deadline

15 October 2017

Results delivered to universities

Early November 2017


There are a number of The official practice tests are produced by the UKCAT consortium and are very helpful.




Free questions


Official practice test

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